Category: Dear Kelly

Interior Before & After Paint Update and Tulip Heaven

May 6, 2017

Over the years, I have worked with a southern client on updating his home with new paint colors. It still amazes me how a coat of paint can totally transform a room! Here are a few sneak peek before and after photos of his newly painted home. There are a lot of photos in this post so grab a cup of coffee and relax and enjoy:

A welcoming new color of Stonington Gray HC-170 renews this entry hallway and stairs:

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Benjamin Moore Winter Solstice 1605 was painted to update the living room:

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I just love before and after pictures, don’t you? The new dining room in Coventry Gray HC-169 :Read More

Before and After Exterior Using Benjamin Moore Amherst Gray

April 30, 2017

I recently worked with an online client helping to select an exterior paint color for her home. She had decided she wanted a gray and had narrowed her choices down to Ben Moore Chelsea Gray, Amherst Gray and Kendall Charcoal. She sent me a photo where she had already painted samples:

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I do love Chelsea Gray. The only problem I have with using this gray outdoors is if the home is in strong sunlight all day. The Chelsea Gray color can seem washed out at times.  My first choice of the three was the Amherst Gray HC-167. I love the depth of this color and that makes it different than the standard gray:

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Reader’s Questions Answered

April 2, 2017

Hey everyone! I thought I would share a few  questions from recent clients and readers with informative and useful answers:

*  I’m planning on painting our lake house great room Revere Pewter. It has a pitched ceiling with black walnut beam.  Stone fireplace in grayish tones.  I am following your advice to do casings in White Dove.  I would like to add some definition to windows/grids/sliding french doors by adding a darker version of Revere Pewter or something in same color family.  Any advice?

Your home sounds beautiful! If you are looking for a darker version of Revere Pewter, take a look at Ben Moore Thunder AF-685:

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Thunder is another soft, warm neutral paint color that is very popular today. Read More

Just My Opinion

September 22, 2016

A reader wrote the other day asking if I liked the combination of oak cabinets with soft gray/blue walls. I think this is what she means:

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I have previously stated that I do not care for light colored walls with the oak here. It is too much contrast for me. Not that it is a wrong color, it just would not be my choice of wall color to work with oak cabinets.Read More

Simple & Uncomplicated Furniture Painting

August 31, 2016

Are you still holding on to that special piece of old furniture that you have wanted to paint forever? A reader wrote and asked, “I really would like to paint this little table/bench/chair but I can not figure out which process would be easiest for me. I would really like to give it a try.  Also, can you suggest a few colors that you think  looks best on painted furniture? Thx!”

Well I understand how you might be confused! There are so many different techniques and options today for painting furniture. I am happy to share with you all what has worked best for me, as well as my overall knowledge on painting furniture!

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For all of my furniture painting projects, I always turn to my number one paint choice which is  Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. I LOVE the product because it is so easy to use. No priming is needed and you can use indoors because it is non-toxic and  odor-free. So instead of the process being a chore by worrying about which primer to use and how to prepare the furniture, I feel that using Chalk Paint® makes it a fun and easy venture.  Here is my stash of chalk paint:Read More

Reminder: How NOT to Test Paint Colors

August 2, 2016

I asked my client if it was ok to use her photos in a post today that I wanted to write as a reminder to others how NOT to test paint color samples. She laughed and agreed.  Anything to help others.

She told me she had tested my suggestion of Grant Beige in her home, but that it looked too light. She sent me a photo of her paint samples:Read More